Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday responded to Canada’s allegations in the murder of Khalistani separatist Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Jaishankar was in New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly. Earlier it was believed that Jaishankar could say something about Canada in the United Nations General Assembly, but it did not happen.
After speaking at the United Nations, Jaishankar participated in an event in New York. Kenneth Juster, former US Ambassador to India, was conducting this program.
In this program, Jaishankar said that India has told Canada that doing such work is not the policy of the government.
Jaishankar said, “As far as separatist activity is concerned, the environment in Canada is very favorable.”
In this program, when Jaishankar was asked about the allegations made by Canada regarding the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, he said, “We have told Canada that this is not the policy of the Government of India. We asked Canada to let us know if you have any specific information.
What else did Jaishankar say about Canada?
Jaishankar said that many cases of organized crime related to separatist forces have been seen in Canada.
Jaishankar said, “We have repeatedly asked Canada to take action against Khalistan supporters. We also provided a lot of information related to organized crime being committed from Canadian soil.
Jaishankar says that the Indian government had also appealed to Canada for the extradition of many people.
The Indian Foreign Minister said, “Our concern is that due to political reasons, the environment in Canada has been very favorable for separatist activities. Indian diplomats were threatened and the Consulate was attacked.
Jaishankar said, “There was interference in Indian politics in the name of democracy.”
Diplomatic relations between Canada and India have deteriorated significantly since last week.
Bitterness in diplomatic relations is probably at its lowest level. Last Tuesday, the Canadian government said that it is concerned about foreign interference in the country’s politics.
What did Jaishankar say when Five Eyes gave intelligence?
The Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance includes America, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Canada itself.
These five countries share intelligence information among themselves.
US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen had said in an interview on Saturday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had given the statement in Parliament on the basis of shared intelligence information received from the ‘Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance’.
There were also reports that America’s FBI had warned some people after that incident, saying there was a danger to their lives.
When Jaishankar was asked about this, he said, “We are not a part of the Five Eyes and certainly not a part of the FBI.”
Has the Canadian government provided any evidence to India related to the allegations of Nijjar’s murder?
In response to this question asked in the program, Jaishankar clearly said no.
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Discussions regarding Jaishankar
Jaishankar chose another event instead of the United Nations General Assembly to speak on Canada.
He remained silent on this in the United Nations General Assembly.
Yusuf Unjhawala, editor of Defense Forum India on social media platform Being an emerging country, over the years we have been using the United Nations General Assembly to raise global issues.
Yusuf has written, “We do not talk about Pakistan from this platform. This work is given to a junior diplomat so that he can answer to Pakistan. Not providing safe haven to terrorists and talking about terrorism will only help if countries oppose it.
Foreign affairs expert SL Kanthan says- Foreign Minister Jaishankar is very smart. Instead of saying, “We did not do it”, he says, “This is not the policy of the government.”
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Canada and India at the United Nations General Assembly
According to news agency AP, diplomats from India and Canada did not directly address each other in the United Nations General Assembly regarding the controversy that started with Nijjar’s murder, but both touched on some important points.
Jaishankar said, “Political expediencies determine reactions to terrorism, violence and extremism, the world should not accept this.”
Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Robert Ray, said, “We cannot change the rules of government-to-government relations for political gain.”
Jaishankar mentioned terrorism, extremism and violence in his speech. This was a repeat of India’s reaction after Canada’s allegations. Besides, it was also similar to India’s complaints regarding Pakistan. India has been accusing Pakistan of giving shelter to terrorists.
Canadian Ambassador Robert Ray said, “The truth is that if we do not follow the rules on which we have agreed, then the fabric of our open and free society may begin to break down.”
Jaishankar has said in the United Nations General Assembly that the days are over when some countries used to set the agenda and expect others to follow it.
Jaishankar said, “At a time when East-West polarization is so intense and the North-South divide so deep, the New Delhi summit also confirms that diplomacy and dialogue are the only effective solutions.”
He said, “The echoes of whatever was achieved from the G-20 summit held in New Delhi will be heard for many years to come. Since the era of Non-Aligned Movement, we have now emerged as world friends.
Jaishankar said, “Now those days have passed when some countries used to set an agenda and expect other countries to follow the same.” There are still some countries which shape the agenda and try to create rules. This cannot continue indefinitely.